Lot 51

2020   |   Geared Online

1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Coupe

Asking Price: $235,000

Coachwork by Touring

SOLD $220,000





Car Highlights

Concours Restoration by Marque Specialists
Longtime California Car
Retains Original *Tipo* 1308 Engine per Factory Certificate
Features Desirable Nardi-Style Floor-Shift Conversion
Eligible for Numerous Prestigious Events and Rallies
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Garth Hammers

In the mid-1950s, Alfa Romeo updated its successful 1900 (Millenove) model line with a slightly larger displacement, and the dual overhead cam inline four-cylinder engine was rated at 115 hp at 5,500 rpm. For the short-chassis 1900C, this upgrade resulted in the competition-worthy Super Sprint, which has evolved into one of the most collectible of the 1900 iterations. Revered for its capable driveline and brakes, lightweight construction, and classic design, the 1900C SS has become a popular choice for driving events the world over.

According to its Certificato di Origine, the Touring-bodied 1900C SS presented here was completed in Rosso (Red) in June 1954, and was retailed through a dealer in San Francisco, California that November. The consignor, who has owned several rare and one-off Italian automotive creations, purchased the Alfa Romeo from noted aficionado Al Cortes in about 2000. Photos from the period reveal it had been refinished in silver, and was wearing the mid-1960s black California license plates that still accompany the car today. Within a few years, the owner commenced a major restoration of the 1900 to suit his personal taste. The bold yellow hue closely matches the coat of arms on the Modenese flag and is accented by an interior of navy blue Bridge of Weir-style leather and gray wool.

The seller reports that he had the engine and gearbox rebuilt, and retained Web Cam Racing Cams of San Bernardino, California, to re-profile the camshafts. Berkeley’s Alfa specialist Conrad Stevenson optimized the Nardi-style floor-shift setup that Mr. Cortes had added during his ownership. Beckman Metal Works of Costa Mesa performed the bare-metal respray, and restoration photos on file depict this car’s particularly intact Touring coachwork. Final assembly brought together the seldom-seen original chromed brass windshield trim insert and bumpers featuring the rare Brunsig maker’s badges. A set of newly available 175/400 Pirelli Cinturato tires provide the silver wire wheels with a slightly larger footprint. Since its completion in about 2015, the Super Sprint has seen sparing use, and has mostly been kept within the consignor’s private, eclectic collection.

Lauded for its design and Superleggera construction, as well as its uprated mechanicals, this brilliant Alfa Romeo 1900C SS would be at home at most any automotive event.